I call it brave because it's easy to take music made in this manner the wrong way. I probably have at least twenty Facebook friends who have decided they're DJ's and constantly post remixed music tracks and beg their friends to like them. This is not what Di Evantile is doing, and there's nothing pretentious or fake about the music he's made.
Evantile calls himself an electronic composer, and that's probably the best way to describe him. He's arranged an album that creates its own sound rather than subscribing to a genre. I'm sure you could take Transformations to a club and people would dance to it, and I'm sure someone could sing over it, too, but the point here seems to be the mood it leaves you in. Evantile's biography says he is trying to show us the future, and while that might seem a little absurd, he's doing a much better job than the Black Eyed Peas.
It's hard to describe the tracks because I feel certain that without titles, they instill different thoughts in everyone. I felt like each was built in a way that made me feel something different whether about the future or not. Evantile talks a lot in the album description about meditation, peace, and harmony, none of which manages to come off silly or trendy. I felt pretty harmonious while listening to Transformations, and I feel like that was the goal.
Evantile also says that it's hard to find words to describe his music, as only the music can describe itself. I agree Transformations was masterfully built in a way that depends on your imagination for you to get the full effect.
Rhetorical Digression presents listeners with a truly other-worldly experience. Just bordering on the truly abstract with minimal yet rich soundscapes, not conforming to any commercial standard, Di Evantile starts the musical journey with a few tracks that touch on the fringes between the dream-state and the waking conscious. The opening track A Point To Nowhere certainly reminds me of the electronica of old. The influence of Jean-Michel Jarre is strong here, yet at the same time the strange lonley soundscapes are fresh and seem to hint at where the reast of the album is headed. On the opening tracks, rhythms almost form and are pushed away into nebulous clouds of ethereal pads and angelic synths. However, each track seems to bring more cohesion and more structure. One of my favorite tracks One-Click Blues has a sexy lush groove made to chill in the late nate or early hours. With a solid groove and beautiful cosmic echoes (remenicent of Lonnie Liston Smith) here makes me realize just how far we have come from formless to form. Yet even here the comsic echoes remind us that we have not gone very far. My other favorite tracks on this beautifully cosmic album would be Adrenaline Switch and Sourse of Radiation. The last track Behind Existence takes us back to the beginning where we are once again treated with a lush dreamlike landscape of sounds with a smallest hint of a structure to sail us to our next destination. Individually some of these tracks may seem disconnected, but as a whole this Album flows wonderfully from beginning to end. While its deep cosmic relaxing textures may present a problem listening to in deep traffic Di Evantile has put together an excellent CD to chill or relax to.
Dub_Ninja from SubsonicTemple
Music Reviewer of New Age Reporter
We reviewed Di Evantiles Inertia last December and I remember thinking that Beatrice Clarke went a little easy on it. It seemed a little too Animatronics, too machine-like and the keyboard sounds seemed too cheesy and overused. Even if it was superbly orchestrated (and some of it well-played) it sounded a bit hollow and soulless to me. So imagine my surprise when I drew Infrared Clock to review. I thought, Heres an excellent chance to set the record straight. But Di Evantile changed some things, and for the better. This album is dreamy and trance inducing. Its the perfect music to go to sleep to, without actually inducing sleep. Theres something at once modern and primeval about it, and it urges the listener to dream on an epic scale without requiring epic amounts of energy to do it. This isnt a work that I will ever feel passionately about because its only interested in the passion of dreams, which are usually distant from the dreamer, somewhat aloof and impersonal. Infrared Clock is something of an opiate.
What I Think About It
Where Inertia had tightly knit arrangements with club-ish drums, Infrared Clock meanders. It meanders in the same way Peter Gabriel does with many of his songs and keyboard parts. It also has a world music feel because the drum tracks (especially track 8, Hidden Element) have a world beat tinge to them that Inertia lacked. It also has an element of Pink Floyd, especially the beginning of Shine of You Crazy Diamond, on the album Wish You Were Here. Last but not least, it shares some qualities with Vangelis Blade Runner soundtrack and I even hear a touch of Jan Hammer in the mix. The best part about this album is its pacing, the same pacing the Blade Runner soundtrack has, the same pacing as Shine on You Crazy Diamond, and Di Evantile rarely departs from it. If the pace changes on this album, its only for a very brief period of time. The pace, along with a wide variety of keyboard sounds, creates a fantastic sense of space that is hypnotic. Admittedly, some of the keyboard pads are obvious, like the female choral pad at the start. Its distracting sometimes from the music when you hear a canned sound and you know what keyboard it comes from. (Personally, if a band is going to use a preset, Id prefer it if it was at least disguised with some effects. Presets are for trying the instrument out in the store! Its important for musicians to make each sound totally their own.) The pace is what makes this album great. The slowness of it takes the edge off that part of the album which is obviously programmed. It makes it feel more human, and it has to be said that some of the playing on this album, especially the piano, is high caliber. I especially like the piano on the fist track, Intuition. The part doesnt require great dexterity, but to brush the piano languidly over some pads and draw the listener in takes great taste, and Di Evantiles broad taste in music is evident on this album. This album should appeal across demographic lines, more so than Inertia. Its appeal is so obvious and Di Evantiles skill so apparent that Im left to wonder why no one from film or TV has explored Di Evantiles capacities. I have no doubt that the mind behind this act could score a movie or contribute heavily to a TV show.
Steve Perry (no relation)